A Dish of Tender Leeks – Poireaux en Vinaigrette
This easy recipe for Provencal tender leeks in a simple vinaigrette. The markets of Provence are a bit like a food-filled treasure hunt. The produce changes with the seasons and even within the region local specialties might not be found outside a limited geography. Spring is like the time when you can expect (just like in your garden) the young shoots of fresh salads, green onions, asparagus and lovely leeks, in the markets.
According to Saveur Magazine,
“Spring leeks tend to be on the smaller, paler side, which means they’re more tender. Look for taught greens and avoid bulging bulbs. Always check the white parts: You want them to have a little give. If they’re completely hard, they’ve got woody cores and won’t soften no matter how long you cook them (though they’re fine for making stock).”
Poireaux en Vinaigrette
This is a simple side dish that proves the best way to enhance flavours is to limit the ingredients.